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Friday, August 10, 2012

Colombo associate implicated in baseball bat beating while out on parole

Don't let the nickname fool you.
Convicted killer and Colombo mob associate Joseph "Joey Cupcakes" Urgitano has let his temper get the best of him again.
He was busted last week and charged with beating a 35-year-old New Jersey man in the head with an aluminum bat in the Meatpacking District.
Urgitano, 45, of the Bronx, who claims to be related to the owners of the famed Harlem Italian restaurant Rao’s, was apparently driving at 2:30 a.m. on W. 14th St. near Ninth Ave. on Aug. 4 with buddies.
He was riding in a white convertible Camaro when someone said something he didn’t like, police said. It’s not clear from court records what was said, but the victim told cops he saw an unsweetened side of Joey Cupcakes.
Urgitano’s companions, Michael Groark, 46, and Louis Navarro, 29, are accused of pummeling the man with their fists until he was unconscious.
When cops pulled the muscle car over on Washington St., cops said they heard the distinct clinking of a metal bat on the cobblestones as it fell out of the car.
All three men were charged with gang assault and attempted gang assault.
Groark and Navarro are out on bail, but Urgitano remains behind bars for violating the terms of his probation for a 1988 murder conviction.
His lawyer, Murray Richman, said his client was sitting peacefully in his car when a group of men approached him with ill intent.
“These men were clearly the aggressors,” Richman said.
Urgitano, who served 19 years in prison for shooting his friend and fellow drug dealer in the head during a dispute, was implicated in the gangland murder of alleged Colombo crime family snitch Vincent "Scoobie" Lafaro.


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